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HMRC and the Department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) are to crackdown on companies that are not paying staff the National Minimum Wage.
Under the new crackdown, a team of officers will be able to enforce stricter penalties and punish those who are intentionally not paying staff what they deserve. It is hoped that such a crackdown will help those who are being underpaid, but also serve as an incentive for companies to pay their staff their rightful rate ahead of the proposed increase in the rate.
Under new proposals outlined in the Summer Budget the national minimum wage is set to rise to £7.20 an hour for those over the age of 25, with the intention being that the wage will rise to £9 per hour by 2020. Although this is still behind the current Living Wage recommendation, it is expected that the rise in the salary will aid those at the poorest end of the economy.
However, despite the increase many employers and experts are predicting that a rise to £9 could result in a loss of jobs and severely affect the number of people in paid by the hour jobs. Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King warned that the living wage will "destroy jobs" and lead to employers looking to streamline the productivity of their workforce and fewer jobs overall in the UK.
Business secretary Sajid Javid said, “There is no excuse for employers flouting minimum wage rules and these announcements will ensure those who do try and cheat staff out of pay will feel the full force of the law.
“This one nation government is committed to making work pay and making sure hardworking people get the salary they are entitled to.”
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